Basepaws at a Glance

We are pioneers in feline genetics, an area that has been understudied and underfunded for years. Cat genes still hold many unsolved mysteries, and that's where we come in.

With our ever-growing genomic database, we are constantly learning new information about cat breeds, traits, and health. We're doing all of this with one larger-than-life goal: to improve the lives of cats around the world by understanding, genetically, what makes each cat unique.

Cat Lovers with a Passion for Science

Basepaws has gathered dedicated geneticists, veterinarians, and visionaries for the purpose of helping pets live the longest, happiest, and healthiest lives possible. Our entire team strives to help you get to know your cat better, because beneath all that cuteness beats the heart of a lion. Or maybe a tiger. Possibly a cougar. You get what we're saying.
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Meet the Team that makes the Meowgic
Meet Koko (aka The Basepaws Polycat Queen of the Gene) - the team cat & assistant to our CEO. Oh, who are we kidding – Koko runs this place!

We fell in love with Koko when we met her at a local shelter here in Los Angeles. We tried to play it cool and walk away (twice!), but love is stronger than an occasional hand nibble (2 stitches) and broken wine glasses (4, but who's counting?). Koko loves to lay in the California sunshine, watch ‘cat TV’, and greet new employees at the lab with her cold stare. That means she loves you!
Follow her on instagram @basepaws_queen

Anna Skaya
Founder & CEO
Damian Kao, Ph.D.
COO & Head of Science
Kristin Wuhrman
EVP, Strategy & Business Development
Anna Cuzmenco
Chief Meowketing Officer
Yuliana Mihaylova, Ph.D.
Head of R&D
Daria Korableva
Head of Growth
Julie Yang, Ph.D.
Process Manager, R&D Scientist
Norma Drew
Scientist
Polina Skaya
Operations Manager
Max Regis
Infrastructure Engineer
Sean Nisperos
Scientist
Elias Salfati, Ph.D.
Bioinformatics Scientist
Beckie Mossor, RVT
Head of Education
Nadia Skale
Marketing Director, Community & Partnerships
Eugene Soltan
Head of Finance
Taryn Eliel
Customer Service

Advisors

Kevin O’Leary
Kevin O’Leary, AKA "Mr. Wonderful", is well known for his audacious role on ABC's reality TV show Shark Tank, however his history within the business sector has earned him the right to have such a brazen voice in the show. He is the author of several best selling books on financial literacy and also has his own wine label. Like money and wine, Kevin thinks cats make people smile and is a big advocate for the future of animal health.
Wendy Diamond
Wendy is an internationally renowned humanitarian, impact investor, best-selling author, TV personality and animal advocate. She has advocated for animal welfare on Oprah, The Today Show, NYTimes, and Forbes. She has been the keynote speaker at the UN and at Harvard, and sits on the board of the Humane Society of New York. Wendy’s passion for animal health and wellbeing is infectious!
Dr. Ernie Ward
Ernie Ward is "America's Pet Advocate", and an internationally recognized veterinarian known for his innovations in small animal practice, nutrition and pet obesity. He established the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention in 2005. He is a popular lecturer, author and media personality, featured on the Rachael Ray Show, Animal Planet, The Today Show, Good Morning America, and more.
Jason Meltzer
Jason is a lifelong animal lover and a dog owner. He is a proud co-founder of Wag!, the largest dog walking platform in the world. A pet-tech expert with over a decade of experience in the sector, Jason is a world-class entrepreneur with a passion for making a world purrfect for our pets.
Nathan Price, Ph.D.
Dr. Nathan Price is a professor at the Institute for Systems Biology, and founder of many startups. He is an advisor for Roche, Providence St. Joseph Health, and Mexico's National Institute for Genomic Medicine, to name a few. He has published over 150 scientific papers and given 180+ talks. He is a total cat guy.
Aaron Hirschhorn
Aaron founded DogVacay, which, along with Rover, went on to become one of the most beloved pet brands in the world. Aaron is an experienced founder and industry expert, and has been instrumental in helping us grow and continue to care for all animals, big and small. When not coaching Basepaws he can be found with Rocky and Rambo, his two fluffy companions.
Warren Richard
Warren comes with an impressive pedigree of started companies, and currently sits on the board of the PETCO Foundation. He has a unique understanding of pet health, and the technology required to make changes for the betterment of pet lives everywhere. Warren is a huge advocate for better pet nutrition and new discoveries in veterinary medicine.
Chad Dodd, DVM
Dr. Dodd’s mission is to advance veterinary medicine and accelerate health for all the dogs and cats that come his way. He integrates his veterinary degree with 20 years of experience in the pet healthcare industry. Throughout his career, Dr. Dodd has contributed to numerous products that improve the quality of care for cats worldwide.